|2011-01-29||Jewellery units raided in Ulhasnagar, gold worth R|
THANE: Investigators from the Thane Commissionerate raided three jewellery making units in Ulhasnagar on Friday and seized about 12 kg of gold worth Rs 2 crore from the premises.
Thane police commissioner SPS Yadav formed a special squad following a tip-off that the jewellery units running inside Jai Ambe Building had been storing stolen gold.
"No arrest has been made," said Yadav. "Investigations are on at present. Accordingly, we will take action against the culprits . The owners of these units could not produce valid documents of purchase for the gold," Yadav added.
An officer from the special squad said the culprits would be given a chance to produce valid documents. "Action will be taken against them if they fail to do so," he added.
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|2011-01-29||Jewellers bought gold ornaments from thieves|
A special Thane police team conducted raids at three jewellery stores in Ulhasnagar and recovered unaccounted gold and silver ornaments worth over Rs 2.29 crore.
The raids were conducted on Thursday night by a team led by ACP V M Rathod, at Dilip and Sons, Sai Baba Jewellers and Gala no 33 of Jai Ambe building. "We have seized the ornaments, and are investigating," said Rathod.
Meanwhile, an officer who was part of the investigation revealed, "The jewellers bought ornaments from burglars in Badlapur, Ambernath, Shahpur and Thane at discounted rates.
Later, they would melt them, mould them into jewellery and sell it to new customers."
He added that they had the support of local police and hence, carried out their activities without worry.
"They allegedly paid Rs 1.5 lakh to officers of Ulhasnagar-1 police station and Rs 60,000 to the Ulhasnagar Crime Branch," said the officer.
Last week, the same team had nabbed a man with Rs 40 lakh in cash.
The money was being sent from Ulhasnagar to Bhiwandi through hawala channels and was meant for the payment of bets made during the recently concluded India-South Africa cricket series, added the
|2011-01-21||92-yr-old freedom fighter moves HC for rights|
92-yr-old 'freedom fighter' moves HC for rights
Shibu Thomas/ | TNN | Jan 21, 2011, 02.29 AM IST
A 92-year-old former MLA who claims to have been jailed for participating in the 1942 Quit India movement, has approached the Bombay High Court for "freedom fighter' pension. The union government had rejected his plea.
Parcho Kewalram Aalani alias Vidyarthi, a resident of Ulhasnagar, has alleged that the government is bias and vindictive. A division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and Justice Amjad Sayed, asked his lawyers to approach the single bench who hear such matters.
Aalani said he was awarded death in 1943 for waging war against the British Raj. On appeal, the capital punishment was converted to life imprisonment. He served about two months jail term, before he escaped and went into hiding till 1947, when India got independence. He was also elected as an MLA from Ulhasnagar in 1962.
Aalani said the Maharashtra government recognised him as a freedom fighter, gave pension and allotted two plots of land in the 1990s. He applied for the same recognition from the Centre, and also sought the benefit of the `Sawatantra Sainik Samman Pension' scheme. In 2009, the central government rejected his application. Justifying the rejection, the Centre said that Aalani had "not submitted any acceptable record based on documentary evidence regarding the jail term suffered'' by him. Nor had Aalani specified the period when he was in prison. The Centre did not attach much value to the state government's recommendation of Aalani's cases, saying it was "without any grounds or basis''.
Aalani said he had dedicated his life to the freedom struggle and the government rejecting his application was improper. He asked the court for orders to the Centre to recognize him as a freedom fighter and grant him pension benefits.
|2011-01-07||Six held for smuggling, trying to buy sand boa|
Six held for smuggling, trying to buy sand boa
TNN | Jan 7, 2011, 06.36 AM IST
The Ulhasnagar crime branch unit has arrested six people, including three for smuggling a rare sand boa snake and trying to sell it to three tantriks for Rs 10 lakh. The tantriks use snakes to earn money through black magic.
Many people believe that possessing a sand boa brings good luck in business, while others claim that if the snake is kept near a mirror, the mirror will crack and bring good news.
The police got information on Wednesday evening about a gang dealing in rare snakes coming near Ambrosia hotel for a deal. The police laid a trap and arrested six persons from Vithalwadi before they could finalize the deal.According to investigators, the smugglers--Vidhanand Shivram Pawar (42), Shamji Soma Solanki (48) and Pyarelal Nathra Rangara (48)--are residents of Thane, while the tantriks--Ramesh Sudam Kharat (45), Suhas Raghunath Shinde (42) and Shailesh Gangaram Gaikwad (28)--are residents of Satara.
The police have recovered the three-foot snake, an Indica car and a Mahindra Xylo from the accused.
According to senior police inspector Shivajirao Deshmukh, the smugglers recently trapped the sand boa at the Sanjay Gandhi national park and contacted the tantriks. The smugglers had apparently demanded Rs 10 lakh for the snake.
Yogesh Kamble, a snake lover, who kept the creature with him till a court order to release it in the forest, said, "Blind faith about snakes has endangered the species in India. Their numbers are decreasing day by day." The reptile is listed under schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Sand boas, often known as two-hooded snakes, do not, in fact, have two hoods. The non-venomous snake's tail, which is bent, looks like a hood.
|2011-01-05||Electric blankets spark bomb scare in Murbad|
Electric blankets spark bomb scare in Murbad
Pradeep Gupta | TNN | Jan 5, 2011, 12.34 AM IST
MUMBAI: Good intentions often lead to unintended consequences. Sometimes they backfire. Two businessmen from Ulhasnagar discovered this the hard way when the recipients of their charity turned against them, mistaking the philanthropists for terrorists.
Jugraj Jain and Kamraam Mali on January 1 donated 30 blankets to tribals at Murbad in Kalyan. When the villagers opened the package, they found four blankets had wires in them. The electronic blankets are used in high altitudes to ward off extreme cold, but the villagers found them suspicious and called the village quack for his opinion. The quack told them that the blankets were bombs. This had the villagers rattled. They reached the consensus that Jain and Mali had the remote control with which they could 'detonate' the blankets any time. Panicking, but also burning for revenge, they set out with sticks in search of the two. The residence of Mali, a jeweller, was known to a few of them.Meanwhile, the police learnt of the incidence and reached the spot- at quite a distance from the village- where the electronic blankets had been dumped. They too thought the blankets were bombs and so called the bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS).
It was only when the BDDS experts inspected the blankets and told them what exactly the 'bombs' were that the villagers heaved a sigh of relief. "The BDDS men told us the blankets contained no explosives and that they are used in Ladakh," said Manohar Patil from the Kinhawali police station, Murbad.
Mali said: "I thank God for saving my life. I almost paid heavily for my charity. I was not even aware of what was going on. Had the villagers reached me before things were sorted out, they would have definitely assaulted me."
Jain was shocked when he learnt of the incident. "I had placed an order for the blankets, but did not know about the warming pieces," he said. "My intentions were clear, but this incident has taught me to be careful while doing charity."
The Kinhwali police have recorded the incident in the station house diary.